If you ever wondered how Phillies owner John S. Middleton made his $2.9 billion...

If you ever wondered how Phillies owner John S. Middleton made his $2.9 billion...

Most of the group that owns the Philadelphia Phillies has chosen to keep a low profile over the years but that appears to be changing. At least for John S. Middleton who has been stepping into the public eye more frequently in the name of philanthropy.

Middleton and his wife Leigh will accept the Philadelphia Award at the Art Museum this afternoon, an award which the Main Lines Media News describes as "one of the city’s most prestigious honors that is presented annually to area residents who act and serve in the best interests of the community."

The Middletons are written about in the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning which attempts to explain their willingness to step out of the shadows a bit because being more visible to the public can help further the charity work their donations have started. The couple has given an impressive $30 million to Project HOME which helps fight homelessness, $16.2 to the Philly School District, and $16.3 to Penn Medicine focusing specifically on neuroscience.

Very generous stuff indeed. The profile also shares the source of the Middleton's fortunes:

Having enough money to give it away in serious chunks came relatively recently for the couple. In 2007, Middleton sold privately held cigar maker John Middleton Inc. - started by his family as a Philadelphia tobacco shop in 1856 and at the time the world's third-largest cigar maker - for $2.9 billion to Altria Group, parent of Philip Morris USA. He was 52.

Having enough money to give it away in serious chunks came relatively recently for the couple. In 2007, Middleton sold privately held cigar maker John Middleton Inc. - started by his family as a Philadelphia tobacco shop in 1856 and at the time the world's third-largest cigar maker - for $2.9 billion to Altria Group, parent of Philip Morris USA. He was 52.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140507_Philadelphia_Award_shines_a_light_on_Middletons__philanthropy.html#pPCkCI45LdiolhVI.99
Having enough money to give it away in serious chunks came relatively recently for the couple. In 2007, Middleton sold privately held cigar maker John Middleton Inc. - started by his family as a Philadelphia tobacco shop in 1856 and at the time the world's third-largest cigar maker - for $2.9 billion to Altria Group, parent of Philip Morris USA. He was 52.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140507_Philadelphia_Award_shines_a_light_on_Middletons__philanthropy.html#pPCkCI45LdiolhVI.99
He must have really hated, after a Phillies loss back in the day, when fans said the old idiom, "close but no cigar."

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Eagles film review: Alshon Jeffery shows up in screen game

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Eagles film review: Alshon Jeffery shows up in screen game

Although Alshon Jeffery is the Eagles’ best wide receiver and he’s one of their best playmakers on offense, he has caught two or fewer passes in five of his last 19 games.

One of those games was the loss to the Vikings in Week 5, when Jeffery caught just two passes for 39 yards. Sure, he had Xavier Rhodes on him for most of the day, but the Eagles knew they needed to manufacture ways for him to get involved. 

That’s exactly what they did on Thursday night against the Giants. 

While the screen game is thought to be for running backs and shifty little receivers, the Eagles made an effort to throw wide receiver screens to Jeffery on Thursday. And it makes sense. He’s one of their best players. He’s a big guy who’s hard to take down and can make some folks miss. 

Here’s how the Eagles got him involved in the screen game Thursday: 

It’s 1st-and-10 and the Eagles just got the ball back at the Giants’ 44-yard line after a great return from DeAndre Carter. At this point, Jeffery already has a touchdown, but that’s his only catch. They want to get him more involved. 

Jeffery is circled as a part of that bunch formation at the top of the screen. 

Just after the snap, Carson Wentz wastes no time getting the ball out to Jeffery, who has a hat for a hat blocking on that side of the field. You’ll see linebacker Alec Ogletree has noticed what’s going on and he’ll make a play. 


Good blocking from Nelson Agholor and Kamar Aiken on this play. It creates a big lane for Jeffery. Unfortunately, for the Eagles, Ogletree makes a great play and gets AJ down after a four-yard gain. But that doesn’t mean the play didn’t work. That just means a linebacker made a good play. 

This gained just four yards, but I’ll call the setup a success. Ogletree won the down, but if the Eagles can get Jeffery 1-on-1 with a linebacker in space, they’ll take that every time. 

This is the play you’ve probably already seen a few times. It’s the one the Eagles took from the Patriots the week earlier. The Pats ran it to Cordarrelle Patterson and the Eagles decided to run it to Jeffery on the same spot of the field. 

Jeffrey is going to start wide and get put in motion to basically be the trailer in the bunch formation. Again, Agholor and Aiken are the lead blockers. 

 

Jeffery catches the ball and has his two blockers already pushing forward. 

The blockers do such a good job, Jeffery doesn’t even get touched before he gets in the end zone on a play that started from the 1-yard line. 

 

This was pretty easy. It was Jeffery’s second touchdown of the game. 

This last play we'll look at came with just 4:26 left in the fourth quarter. The Eagles are well ahead, but they’re trying to burn the clock and are faced with a 3rd-and-7 from their own 8-yard line. 

This play looks like an RPO and Wentz made the right read. Alshon is going to come back to Wentz and Ertz is going to create a little space for him. 

At this point, you can see the play developing. Ertz took care of the corner on that side of the field and Isaac Seumalo, the right guard, is coming off the line to get down field to help with another block. 

Seumalo actually falls down here, but he gives Jeffery enough space to make something happen and the veteran receiver does. 

The play picks up 8 yards on a 3rd-and-7 and the Eagles are able to continue to burn the clock. 

For the game, Jeffery caught eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. The screen game helped him get there. It’s something the Eagles should be open to going forward, using as a way to get their best receiver involved.